Techstars Atlanta 2017 Class Has 2 Chattanooga Startups

Monday, July 17, 2017

Techstars Atlanta is presented in partnership with Cox Enterprises and is part of a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars Atlanta announced on Monday the 10 companies selected to participate in the 2017 program. Applications came from 41 countries around the globe for the 10 coveted spots, including two from Chattanooga.

Techstars Atlanta is entering its second year and will continue to be housed at Ponce City Market. Over 90 days of rapid acceleration, the entrepreneurs will build their business network, receive individualized support and learn how to do more faster – all while being embedded in Atlanta, said officials.

"One of the goals of Techstars Atlanta is to help shine a light on our city as a hotbed for innovation," said Techstars Atlanta's Managing Director Michael Cohn. "We're doing this by accelerating great startups already based here, but also by bringing international entrepreneurs to Atlanta. With the support of Cox Enterprises, we're able to connect them with one of the city's leading corporations. It's a winning combination."

Of the 41 counties represented in the applications, the nations with the most came from the U.S., Nigeria, Israel, India and U.K. Nearly a quarter of the total applications came from Atlanta, showing the growth of startups and emerging entrepreneurs in the area. Inc. magazine previously named Atlanta as the No. 3  Emerging Startup Hub to Watch .

"Techstars overall seeks to include diversity, whether its related to the founder's company idea, ethnicity or gender," said Techstars Atlanta's Managing Director Tyler Scriven. "I'm proud that our 2017 class captures these areas, as well as geographic diversity. A variety of perspectives and cultures helps us build better companies."

Techstars Atlanta's 2017 Class (Company's Founding Location):
•2ULaundry  (Charlotte): On-demand laundry and dry cleaning services
•Bloveit  (Atlanta): Curated date night experiences
•Collider Tech  (Chattanooga): Stand-alone, end-to-end additive manufacturing technology
•Farmcrowdy  (Lagos, Nigeria): Crowdfunding for small-scale agriculture
•Fraudmarc  (Atlanta): Cyber security service aimed at protecting corporate identity
•Landing Lion  (Atlanta): Landing pages for the modern marketer
•MoQuality  (Atlanta): Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform for mobile quality assurance
•Rapid RMS  (Chattanooga): A modern day point-of-sale software for the petroleum industry
•TheMonetizr  (Riga, Latvia): In-game monetization platform for merchandise purchases
•Vlipsy  (Canton, OH): Video clip soundboard

The program kicks off with mentor madness, where more than 1,000 hours of mentorship are provided by the region's leading subject matter experts. The program is capped off by Demo Day on Oct. 10. Learn more about the  2016 Demo Day  and how Cox is energizing entrepreneurs .




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